Ex·ist v. i. [imp. & p. p. Existed; p. pr. & vb. n. Existing.]
1. To be as a fact and not as a mode; to have an actual or real being, whether material or spiritual.
Who now, alas! no more is missed
Than if he never did exist. --Swift.
To conceive the world . . . to have existed from eternity. --South.
2. To be manifest in any manner; to continue to be; as, great evils existed in his reign.
3. To live; to have life or the functions of vitality; as, men can not exist in water, nor fishes on land.
Syn: -- See Be.
adj 1: having existence or being or actuality; "an attempt to
refine the existent machinery to make it more
efficient"; "much of the beluga caviar existing in the
world is found in the Soviet Union and Iran" [syn: existent]
2: existing in something specified; "depletion of the oxygen
existing in the bloodstream"
3: presently existing; "the existing system"